People talk to people. And those people talk to other people. However sophisticated a school district’s communication plan is, that is still how news travels the fastest.
I’d like to turn that into an advantage in our school district! We are starting a new group of important folks to improve two-way communication with the community called “Key Communicators.” We hope you can join us. The beauty of this idea is that there are no meetings to attend. Occasionally, we’ll get together for events such as this evening’s reception – but normally, this will be a very loose-knit (but well informed) group of leaders. No doubt you’re reading this information because you care about our community and schools. Thank you for your interest.
The concept of Key Communicators is considered one of the best ways to create a “two-way street” for public schools. We make the extra effort to keep citizens informed about their schools – from budgets and buildings to student learning – and citizens like you let us know what they think. It’s a good way to increase “transparency” so you know what we’re up to!
Here's how it works: As a key communicator, you'll receive information from the district, including email updates on important district issues and events, plus school board topics and decisions. Our goal is to keep you informed, so that when you talk with friends and neighbors, you have current, factual information to share . . . which helps correct rumors and gossip. Plus, you can help us spread "the good news" about our school district. If you have any questions or concerns about school issues, feel free to contact us and we'll get back to you right away. We value your ideas and input. If you hear about any rumors or issues, please call us so we can make sure everyone understands what’s going on.
We have a lot to be proud of in La Grande schools -- our students are successful, and our staff is committed to making sure they succeed. Key Communicators is a very informal concept – a lot will depend on how you want to receive and share information. I created a similar program in Gervais School District and found it very helpful in not only sharing information, but in getting great ideas and suggestions from community leaders.
Please call Gaye Young at 541-663-3202 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on our email list, which will get the ball rolling. The more information we can share, the more ideas we can discuss, and the more support we can generate for our schools . . . the better our community will be for everyone. Especially our kids.